Bau Nyale

Bau Nyale

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The annual Sea Worms festival of Indonesia is held generally on the 20th day of the tenth month of the Sasak Calendar. In local Sasak language, Bau means “to catch”, and Nyale is a kind of sea worm that surfaces around this time of year.

During this festival, large crowds gather to catch the Nyale along the beaches of Lombok. The dominant ethnic group that inhabit Lombok are called the Sasak. Generally, there is a designated place where the festivities take place. Mostly the Bau Nyale celebrations are marked on the Kaliantan Beach, in the Jeruwaru district in the eastern part of Lombok.

Nyale are considered sacred by the Indonesians, as they are believed to bring prosperity and happiness to those who honour them and misfortune befalls those who ignore them. The annual ceremony also features traditional competitions like bekayaq, cilokaq, peresean, rowing boat races, art performances and theatrical plays.

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